Conor McGregor (Esther Lin/Showtime)

Rear-Naked Choke Radio: Conor McGregor, UFC 223 Chaos

Every MMA fan on the planet had a slight worry in their back of their mind that UFC 223 may fall apart, but nobody could predict things would get this bad a week out from the event.

Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jason Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) broke down the week’s crazy events, like Tony Ferguson pulling out of the main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor terrorizing New York, and the fights scratched from UFC 223.

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McGregor caught a flight from Ireland to New York, with bad intentions in tow. The UFC lightweight appeared at a UFC media event with over a dozen cohorts and proceeded to vandalize property at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

McGregor is seen on multiple videos throwing objects, such as a hand cart, through windows on a van carrying a stable of UFC fighters on Saturday’s UFC 223 event. His actions left two fighters, Micheal Chiesa and Ray Borg, injured, which led to their bouts being removed from UFC 223. McGregor also forced UFC President Dana White to remove the Irishman’s training partner, Artem Lobov, from UFC 223, as he is related to the incident.

At the time of recording this episode, McGregor was in the custody of the NYPD, but charges had yet to be filed. However, it was announced today that he was charged with criminal mischief and three counts of assault.

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